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John Wayne: A Novel

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  2 reviews
In this immensely captivating and imaginative novel, perfectly set at the intersection of fact and fiction, Dan Barden superimposes the story of John Wayne on the story of the Bardens, a family very much like his own. Frank Barden, Wayne's contractor, is an Irish Catholic from New York who has come to California in pursuit of the American dream for his wife, Lillian, and t ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published September 15th 1998 by Anchor (first published June 16th 1997)
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Timothy Bazzett
I read JOHN WAYNE: A NOVEL when it was new, so that's probably 14-15 years ago, and I loved it. Not because I was such a huge fan of the Duke. In fact I thought some of his films were pure hokum. But some were great too: The Quiet Man, The Searchers, and my favorite, and the Duke's last, The Shootist. The thing is Barden's novel wasn't meant to be about Wayne. It was about the narrator, Danny, and his family. And that element I found absorbing and moving. And, just as a postscript, I then went a ...more
I loved this story about the man behind the lights, camera and action. The chance to see him in the eyes of someone who knew him as his Dad's friend first, then a star.
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